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UZH English Department News: 2012

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  • Symposium in Honour of Udo Fries and Andreas Fischer

    Runes, ICE and Other Riddles. Symposium in honour of Udo Fries and Andreas Fischer. Friday, 10 February 2012, 9.30-17.00. Room E 18, university main building, Rämistrasse 71, Zurich. Followed by an apéro in the Lichthof. See programme attached. If planning to attend please send a brief message to Sarah Chevalier (

  • PhD Workshop with Dr. Ivo Ritzer (University of Mainz)

    The Doctoral Program in English and American Literary Studies presents Dr. Ivo Ritzer's workshop on "Return of the Body: Körperlichkeit, Film und Neue Medien" - Thursday, 6 December, 6.15 pm English Department, PLH 102.

  • Master Cross-Module Exams

    For the attention of Master students in English Literature and Linguistics: Please note that the new Studienordnung that is expected to come into force in the HS 13 retains the modulübergreifende Prüfung for all 90 KP options in English. Those students who are nearing the end of their studies will therefore not be able to avoid the examination by delaying their graduation until the end of the HS 13. As regards all other Fachformate: a decision will be made in the Institutsversammlung meeting in early December as to what will replace the modulübergreifende Prüfung for those students nearing the end of their studies. The resulting information will then be made available on the website as soon as possible.

  • Precarious Bodies

    Doctoral Symposium at the University of Zurich, November 22-24, 2012

  • PhD Workshop with Prof. Dr. Jonathan Lear

    Prof. Dr. Jonathan Lear (Chicago) will talk about his book Radical Hope: Ethics in the Face of Cultural Devastation. Thursday, 8 November: PLH 102, 18.15

  • ETG - The Merchant of Venice

    The English Department is pleased to welcome back the European Theatre Group from Cambridge University (UK). On December 10, 2012, they will be back in Zürich with their 2012 tour performing The Merchant of Venice. (A booklet on The Merchant of Venice - education pack - is now available at the ES.) - Tickets are available at the English Department's secretary's office (CHF 20.-).

  • Funny Mondays

    A tribute to the screwball comedies of Capra, Cukor, Hawks, La Cava, and Lubitsch.

  • Phd Program Opening Event Fall 2012

    Kafistübli - Friday, October 12, 5-6 p.m.

  • Info Session: Master Thesis and Final Exams in English

    Tuesday 9th October, 12:15-13:15, Plattenstrasse 47, room 105

  • Cultures in Conflict / Conflicting Cultures

    SANAS / AAAS Joint Conference
    : 9-10 November 2012 at the English Department, University of Zurich

  • Study/Teaching Abroad Information Session

    Venue: Room PET-04, Pestalozzistr 50. Wednesday, October 17, 13:00-14:00. For further information please contact:

  • Tag der Lehre 2012

    This year's topic is "Lehre, Studium und Privatwirtschaft" - Place and time: Kafistübli, English Department UZH, Plattenstrasse 47, 24. October 24, 2012, 10.00-12.00.

  • Fresher's Test 2012

    The Freshers' Test will be held on Friday, September 21, at 12:00 in HAH-E-11, Häldeliweg 2. All students wishing to start the Language Skills and Culture module this academic year must take this diagnostic test. 

  • ICEHL Conference in Zurich

    The 17th International Conference on English Historical Linguistics takes place in Zurich from August 20-25, 2012. For more information:

  • NASSR 2012 in Neuchâtel

    The annual conference of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism NASSR 2012 will be co-organized by the University of Neuchâtel and the University of Zurich and held in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, in the heart of Rousseau’s Lake District, from August 15-19, 2012. For more information:

  • Phonetics Exam: Resit

    The English Phonetics Resit will take place on Wednesday, June 13 2012 in room PLH 5 at the ES (14.00h-15.30h).

  • Guest Lecture Prof. Tilottama Rajan

    “A Peculiar Community: The Abyss of Emotion in Mary Shelley, Godwin, and Romanticism". (Friday, May 18, 15:00-16:30, Room PET 4.)

  • Two Guest Lectures by Prof. Linda Hutcheon

    "Living in the Late Postmodern" - Thursday, May 10, 2012, 14:00–15:30 (Room KOL-F-101) / "The Democrazation of Reviewing: The Age of the 'Customer Reviewer'" - Friday, May 11, 2012, 12:15–13:45 (Room KOL-E-13) 

  • PhD Workshop with Prof. Linda Hutcheon

    Prof. Hutcheon will give a workshop entitled "The Ethics and Politics of Reviewing, or Reviewing Is Dead—Should We Care?" (May 10–12, 2012). More information (incl. a detailed program):

  • Lecture on Joyce and Film

    "Filming the Unfilmable: Cinematic Joyce" - Lecture by Dr. Shane Walshe (James Joyce Foundation - Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 7.30 p.m.).

  • Exchange for PhD Students with Sheffield

    As of the autumn semester 2012, the English Department can offer a place for an Erasmus exchange for PhD students in English literature and/or linguistics at the University of Sheffield for one term.

  • Doctoral Workshop with Prof. Deidre Lynch

    Prof. Lynch will give a workshop entitled "Collection, Recollection, and Romantic Reading" (April 19–20, 2012).  A detailed program is available at

  • Shakespeare Week in Stratford-upon-Avon and London

    The 2012 Shakespeare Week will take place from July 29 to August 5, 2012. For more information, please visit

  • Guest Lecture Prof. Vincent Gillespie

    Prof. Vincent Gillespie will be giving a talk on "The Name and Nature of Poetry: Chaucer as Anti-Laureate" on Monday, April 2, 2012 (16.15-18.00, room KOL-F-123).

  • Information Session: Master Thesis and Final Exams

    Wednesday 21st March, 14:00 - 15:00, room PLH-5

  • Inaugural Lecture Prof. Dr. O. Timofeeva

    We cordially invite you to Prof. Dr. Olga Timofeeva's inaugural lecture on "Latin loans in early medieval English: Statistics and myth" (in the Aula, KOL-G-201 - Monday, February 27, 2012, 7.30 p.m.).

  • PhD Literature Beginning-of-Semester Apéro

    The committee of the Doctoral Programme "English and American Literary Studies" cordially invites all current PhD students and post-docs as well as prospective and potential PhD candiates to an 'Apéro Riche'. At this event the eligible supervisors for PhD theses in English and American Literature – full professors as well as private lecturers – will be present and available for informal conversation. Venue: Kafistübli of the English Department. Date: Monday, February 27, from 5 to 7 p.m.

  • Guest lecture by Prof. Busse

    Prof. Dr. Beatrix Busse (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg) will give a guest lecture on "Stylistics – Explorations in Language and Style" . The lecture will take place on Monday, March 5, at 14:00 in room SOD-1-104 (Schönberggasse 9).

  • Doctoral Workshop with Robert Pippin

    MARCH 12-13. Robert Pippinis Evelyn Stefansson Nef Distinguished Service Professor in the John U. Nef Committee on Social Thought, the Department of Philosophy, and the College at the University of Chicago. He is the author of numerous books and articles on Kant, Hegel, and Nietzsche, as well as on film and modern visual arts. In this workshop he will lecture on Hegel and the Philosophy of Visual Modernism as well as on Skepticism in Nicholas Ray's In a Lonely Place. The latter talk is complemented with a seminar discussion on Robert Pippin's forthcoming book on Philosophy and Film Noir, which gives participants the opportunity to engage in a discussion with this eminent philosopher and critic. The detailed workshop program can be found at:

  • Hochschultag

    Hochschultag der Zürcher Mittelschulen. Thursday, 2 February 2012. Please see below the English Department's programme, as part of the University's Hochschultag activities. Venue: English Department, Plattenstrasse 47, from 2pm.

  • International Workshop

    The workshop "Popular News Discourse: Anglo-American Newspapers, 1833-1988" will be held at the University of Zurich (main building) on 18 January 2012 as part of the research network "Exploring the language of the popular in American and British newspapers 1833-1988". For programme and other details see the conference website at